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Elixir vs Helix: What are the differences?

What is Elixir? Dynamic, functional language designed for building scalable and maintainable applications. Elixir leverages the Erlang VM, known for running low-latency, distributed and fault-tolerant systems, while also being successfully used in web development and the embedded software domain.

What is Helix? Rust and Ruby, Without the Glue. Helix allows you to write Ruby classes in Rust without having to write the glue code yourself.

Elixir belongs to "Languages" category of the tech stack, while Helix can be primarily classified under "Language Extensions".

Elixir and Helix are both open source tools. It seems that Elixir with 15.6K GitHub stars and 2.22K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Helix with 1.84K GitHub stars and 63 GitHub forks.

What is Elixir?

Elixir leverages the Erlang VM, known for running low-latency, distributed and fault-tolerant systems, while also being successfully used in web development and the embedded software domain.

What is Helix?

Helix allows you to write Ruby classes in Rust without having to write the glue code yourself.
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        What are some alternatives to Elixir and Helix?
        Go
        Go is expressive, concise, clean, and efficient. Its concurrency mechanisms make it easy to write programs that get the most out of multicore and networked machines, while its novel type system enables flexible and modular program construction. Go compiles quickly to machine code yet has the convenience of garbage collection and the power of run-time reflection. It's a fast, statically typed, compiled language that feels like a dynamically typed, interpreted language.
        Erlang
        Some of Erlang's uses are in telecoms, banking, e-commerce, computer telephony and instant messaging. Erlang's runtime system has built-in support for concurrency, distribution and fault tolerance. OTP is set of Erlang libraries and design principles providing middle-ware to develop these systems.
        Clojure
        Clojure is designed to be a general-purpose language, combining the approachability and interactive development of a scripting language with an efficient and robust infrastructure for multithreaded programming. Clojure is a compiled language - it compiles directly to JVM bytecode, yet remains completely dynamic. Clojure is a dialect of Lisp, and shares with Lisp the code-as-data philosophy and a powerful macro system.
        Ruby
        Ruby is a language of careful balance. Its creator, Yukihiro “Matz” Matsumoto, blended parts of his favorite languages (Perl, Smalltalk, Eiffel, Ada, and Lisp) to form a new language that balanced functional programming with imperative programming.
        Rust
        Rust is a systems programming language that combines strong compile-time correctness guarantees with fast performance. It improves upon the ideas of other systems languages like C++ by providing guaranteed memory safety (no crashes, no data races) and complete control over the lifecycle of memory.
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        Decisions about Elixir and Helix
        StackShare Editors
        StackShare Editors
        Erlang
        Erlang
        Elixir
        Elixir
        Consul
        Consul

        Postmates built a tool called Bazaar that helps onboard new partners and handles several routine tasks, like nightly emails to merchants alerting them about items that are out of stock.

        Since they ran Bazaar across multiple instances, the team needed to avoid sending multiple emails to their partners by obtaining lock across multiple hosts. To solve their challenge, they created and open sourced ConsulMutEx, and an Elixir module for acquiring and releasing locks with Consul and other backends.

        It works with Consul’s KV store, as well as other backends, including ets, Erlang’s in-memory database.

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        Sebastian Gębski
        Sebastian Gębski
        CTO at Shedul/Fresha · | 7 upvotes · 39.5K views
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        AppSignal
        AppSignal
        Hex
        Hex
        Credo
        Credo
        Erlang
        Erlang
        Phoenix Framework
        Phoenix Framework
        Elixir
        Elixir

        Another major decision was to adopt Elixir and Phoenix Framework - the DX (Developer eXperience) is pretty similar to what we know from RoR, but this tech is running on the top of rock-solid Erlang platform which is powering planet-scale telecom solutions for 20+ years. So we're getting pretty much the best from both worlds: minimum friction & smart conventions that eliminate the excessive boilerplate AND highly concurrent EVM (Erlang's Virtual Machine) that makes all the scalability problems vanish. The transition was very smooth - none of Ruby developers we had decided to leave because of Elixir. What is more, we kept recruiting Ruby developers w/o any requirement regarding Elixir proficiency & we still were able to educate them internally in almost no time. Obviously Elixir comes with some more tools in the stack: Credo , Hex , AppSignal (required to properly monitor BEAM apps).

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        Reviews of Elixir and Helix
        Review ofElixirElixir

        i've give a try to Ruby, Crystal, Python and GO, and yeah, for web development i use Elixir-Phoenix, because idk why just amazing, my phoenix app is very stable (comparing to api that written in other language), Ruby is slow, Crystal has unstable API, GO, umm yeah, you need too complicated (i use golang for microservice)

        How developers use Elixir and Helix
        Avatar of Provide Booking
        Provide Booking uses ElixirElixir

        Huge boon to productivity when coupled with Phoenix. Moreover, it has made background jobs and all the unseen aspects of a business easily abstracted.

        Avatar of Walter
        Walter uses ElixirElixir

        Knowledge collection, collation, and enrichment. Business logic.

        Avatar of Ruben Timmerman
        Ruben Timmerman uses ElixirElixir

        For some internal tools like our email deliverability monitor

        Avatar of Ryan Jennings
        Ryan Jennings uses ElixirElixir

        language used by phoenix framework

        Avatar of olenderhub
        olenderhub uses ElixirElixir

        Elixir and Phoenix are awesome.

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